Perceived mindfulness and depressive symptoms among people with chronic pain

Jessica M. Brooks, John Blake, Kanako Iwanaga, Chungyi Chiu, Brandi Parker Cotton, Blaise Morrison, Jon Deiches, Fong Chan

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The study purpose was to evaluate pain catastrophizing and psychological distress as mediators for the relationship between perceived mindfulness and depressive symptoms in people with chronic pain. We conducted an online cross-sectional survey with 211 adults with chronic musculoskeletal pain recruited from U.S. clinics and community networks. A serial multiple mediation analysis was performed using ordinary least-squares regressions and a bootstrap testing approach. Pain catastrophizing and psychological distress, independently and jointly, mediated the relationship between mindfulness and depressive symptoms. Rehabilitation counseling professionals should consider targeting mindfulness, pain catastrophizing, and psychological distress in psychosocial treatment for people with chronic pain.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)33-39
Number of pages7
JournalJournal of Rehabilitation
Issue number2
StatePublished - Apr 1 2018

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Rehabilitation
  • Clinical Psychology
  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health
  • Psychiatry and Mental health


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